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Stockdale in charge of Sunderland for Rochdale clash

Sunderland coach Robbie Stockdale is delighted with the greater responsibility granted by manager David Moyes.

Stockdale will take charge of Sunderland tonight away at League One Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “The gaffer will be there so how much control I get in the end I'm not sure!

“To be fair he has come in and it has been pretty much full on since the day he came in. I have a good understanding of what is required, what he wants and how it needs to be done.

“If I can put that into this team and put the messages across that can only aid the development of the players themselves.

“Then, when they do step up and they are in his control, it is not a shock and they know what is demanded and expected."

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